PARENTS should check if they've got a sleeping bag for babies from Mothercare as the children's specialist has recalled one of its carriers.
The problem is that the "care" label inside some of the sleeping bags says it has 1 tog, when it actually contains a higher 2.5 togs.
Togs are a measurement used to determine how warm bedding and clothes are – the higher the tog the warmer the item.
But sudden infant death charity, The Lullaby Trust, warns that the chance of sudden infant death syndrome is higher in babies who get too hot.
Affected sleeping bags were sold both online and in store at Mothercare in May 2019 and were available to buy on their own or in a set of two.
Sold on its own, the sleeping bag is a white colour with grey stars and grey lining around the edges, and in a set it was paired with a plain pale grey sleeping bag.
How to check if your baby is too hot
HERE'S some advice from charity The Lullaby Trust on how to check your baby's temperature:
The best way to check on your baby’s temperature is by putting your hand on the skin on their tummy or the back of their neck.
Don’t use their hands or feet as a guide as they will always feel cooler than the rest of their body.
If your baby is too hot you will feel the skin is hot, slightly clammy or sweaty, and you will need to remove some layers.
The ideal temperature for your baby's room is 16⁰C to 20⁰C.
If the room where the baby sleeps is difficult to cool, follow the "summer rules" of lighter bedding and clothing and open the bedroom door and a window, if it is safe to do so.
You might also like to use a fan to cool the room, but don’t aim it directly on the baby.
It is also important to ensure that your baby has sufficient fluids if bottle-fed, by offering cooled, boiled water to babies under six months or just water from the tap for babies over six months. Fully breastfed babies don’t need any extra water until they start eating solid food.
If your baby shows signs of being significantly unwell you should seek medical advice.
The individual bags are no longer on sale online at Mothercare but the sets are currently reduced to £16 to £20 depending on the size, down from £32 to £40.
Affected sleeping bags sold as a set have a style code of RA217 for babies aged 0 to six months, RA218 for babies aged six to 18 months, and RA219 for babies aged 18- to 36-months.
If you bought the item on its own the style codes are RA184 for 0 to six months, and RA185 for six to 18 months.
You can find this style code on the care label inside the bag under the words BS8510:2009.
If find your label states 1 tog then Mothercare says you should stop using it immediately and return it to any Mothercare store for a full refund.
Shoppers with any queries can contact Mothercare's customer services on 0344 875 5111.
Mothercare told The Sun: “Mothercare took the decision to recall a small number of sleeping bags due to incorrect tog labels, we have engaged with Trading Standards to ensure we are taking the right action for our customers.
"We have taken this action to ensure that customers are fully informed to make the appropriate decisions regarding the tog rating of sleeping bags for their children.”
Your product recall rights
PRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.
As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.
But it's often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.
If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.
When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don't there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.
If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.
They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.
In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full refund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.
You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.
Earlier this year, a car seat sold by Mothercare was recalled over fears its unsafe for tots.
While Argos also recalled a dangerous cot duvet over fears babies could overheat.
And Cow&Gate has urgently recalled baby food sold at Asda, Tesco, and Boots because it may contain pieces of blue RUBBER.
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